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Syrian refugees protest in Uruguay saying they want to leave South American country

  • Syrian refugees gather at Independence Square, in Montevideo, Uruguay, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. The group of Syrian refugees who were welcomed to Uruguay last year are staging a protest outside the government house, demanding authorities allow them to leave the South American country. They say local officials promised more than they could deliver and that Uruguay is expensive and there are no jobs. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)

    Syrian refugees gather at Independence Square, in Montevideo, Uruguay, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. The group of Syrian refugees who were welcomed to Uruguay last year are staging a protest outside the government house, demanding authorities allow them to leave the South American country. They say local officials promised more than they could deliver and that Uruguay is expensive and there are no jobs. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)  (The Associated Press)

  • Syrian refugee children draw and read as they gather with family members at Independence Square, in Montevideo, Uruguay, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. The group of Syrian refugees who were welcomed to Uruguay last year are staging a protest outside the government house, demanding authorities allow them to leave the South American country. They say local officials promised more than they could deliver and that Uruguay is expensive and there are no jobs. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)

    Syrian refugee children draw and read as they gather with family members at Independence Square, in Montevideo, Uruguay, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. The group of Syrian refugees who were welcomed to Uruguay last year are staging a protest outside the government house, demanding authorities allow them to leave the South American country. They say local officials promised more than they could deliver and that Uruguay is expensive and there are no jobs. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)  (The Associated Press)

  • A group of Syrian refugees gather with their belongings in Independence Square in Montevideo, Uruguay, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. The refugees who were welcomed to Uruguay last year are staging a protest demanding authorities allow them leave the South American country. Maher Aldees, the head of one family, says he wants to travel to Syria or Lebanon, and that they’re going to continue the protest in front of government house until officials take them to the airport. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)

    A group of Syrian refugees gather with their belongings in Independence Square in Montevideo, Uruguay, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. The refugees who were welcomed to Uruguay last year are staging a protest demanding authorities allow them leave the South American country. Maher Aldees, the head of one family, says he wants to travel to Syria or Lebanon, and that they’re going to continue the protest in front of government house until officials take them to the airport. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)  (The Associated Press)

A group of Syrian refugees who were welcomed to Uruguay last year are demanding that authorities let them leave the South American country.

Uruguay welcomed five families of 42 Syrian refugees fleeing civil war in October 2014. Two of the families protested Monday in front of Montevideo's presidency building. They say local officials promised more than they could deliver and that Uruguay is expensive and there are no jobs.

Maher Aldees, the head of one family, says he wants to travel to Syria or Lebanon, and that he and his relatives will continue protesting outside the presidential offices until authorities take them to the airport.

The Aldees family returned to Montevideo a week ago after spending 20 days in the airport in Istanbul, Turkey, where their documents were not accepted.